In a significant revelation, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), announced that the agency has successfully seized illicit substances amounting to N800 billion and apprehended 42,105 offenders, including 46 barons, within the last three years.
The revelation unfolded during a visit by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, to the ND
LEA National Headquarters in Garki, Area 11, Abuja. Marwa underscored the critical role of the NDLEA in disrupting criminal activities, emphasizing the nexus between drugs and various criminalities.
“The criminal elements rely on drugs to carry out their criminalities, and that is why we have been very ferocious in our offensive action against them to cut access and availability of these illicit drugs. As a result, in about three years, we have arrested 42,105 drug offenders, including 46 barons; seized 7,500 tons of illicit drugs worth about N800 billion,” Marwa stated.
He further detailed the agency’s accomplishments, including the destruction of 1,057 hectares of cannabis farms, the conviction of 8,350 offenders, and the rehabilitation of 29,400 drug users. The NDLEA Chairman expressed gratitude to the military for their support in terms of logistics and training.
Marwa also urged the military to consider establishing rehabilitation centers within military hospitals to address substance abuse issues among their personnel.
In response, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, commended the NDLEA for its unwavering commitment to tackling drug-related challenges in Nigeria. He acknowledged the significant impact of illicit drug use on the nation’s reputation and praised the NDLEA’s efforts in changing the narrative.
“We know it is not easy because a lot of people have benefited so much from it and they will do anything to sustain their illicit businesses,” Musa acknowledged. He assured the NDLEA of the full support of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the ongoing fight against drug abuse and trafficking.
Musa highlighted the proactive measures taken by the military, such as introducing drug tests as part of the recruitment process, to ensure that personnel remain focused and in the right frame of mind. He emphasized the military’s commitment to intensifying efforts until the menace of drugs is eradicated from the country.
The collaboration between the NDLEA and the military reflects a united front against the multifaceted challenges posed by drug-related issues in Nigeria.